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Our research focuses on molecular and supramolecular systems with interesting functions, supramolecular chemistry in action, at work, with emphasis on conceptual innovation, the integration of unorthodox interactions, and applications to challenges in nature. Functions of current interest include catalysis (anion-π interactions, chalcogen bonds), fluorescent probes (mechanochemistry) and cellular uptake (extreme sulfur and selenium chemistry). Click here for application information.

Latest Publications


Zhang, X.; Hao, X.; Liu, L.; Pham, A.-T.; López-Andarias, J.; Frontera, A.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Primary Anion-π Catalysis and Autocatalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, in press.

Laurent, Q.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “The Opening of 1,2-Dithiolanes and 1,2-Diselenolanes:  Regioselectivity, Rearrangements, and Consequences for Poly(disulfide)s, Cellular Uptake and Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complexes”, Helv. Chim. Acta 2018, in press.

Goujon, A.; Straková, K.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Streptavidin Interfacing as a General Strategy to Localize Fluorescent Membrane Tension Probes in Cells”, Chem. Sci. 2018, in press.

What's New

Oct: Former group member Javier Montenegro won Real Sociedad Española de Química prize. Congratulations!

Sept: Fruitful conference season: Poster awards (Anna-Bea Bornhof, EuCheMS; Rémi Martinent, Fall Meeting Swiss Chemical Society), selection for talks (Heorhii Humeniuk, CURO-π3; Antoine Goujon and Eline Bartolami, EuCheMS; Anna-Bea Bornhof, SCS Fall Meeting), travel award (Anna-Bea Bornhof, Swiss Academy of Sciences).

Aug: Fluorescent probes for membrane tension now working in cells: Nat. Chem., Nat. Cell. Biol., press releases and highlights in Chemistry World and Physics World.

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